A few years ago, we decided to begin a Mitzvah Project related to the Mitzvah of Taharas HaMishpachah (Family Purity). Collecting was slow and complicated. With Hashem's help we managed to pay off the debts to the Mikvah for many Jewish women, but sadly a few difficulties arose:
1) Some Mikvaot were not prepared to give us a receipt for the payment of the debts to the Mikvah, thus affecting our records and our donors not believing that the funds went where they were supposed to.
2) There was a time delay in some of the women hearing their debt had been paid in full and was cancelled. This was a major concern as we are aware how each day of having a debt can cause pain which we aimed to ease.
3) Some women began to take advantage of the new Mitzvah Project, pocketing money given to them for Mikvah and wanting their cost covered.
What to do???
Simultaneously we discovered some people did not have cash available to donate but were happy to contribute a new cake of soap, a bottle of shampoo etc, as seen in the image at the start of this post. After discussion with the Balanit (supervising lady at the Mikvah) of one of the Mikvaot we worked with, Rabbi Fishel Jacobs who had written our letter of approbation and a few other rabbis we decided to alter direction. We collected items to give a gift bundle to needy Kallot so that they could fulfill Mitzvah. We also continued to collect money to begin this important Mitzvah.
With the assistance of kind donors and Hashgachah Pratis (Divine Providence) we have managed to help 11 couples with a substantial gift bundle for their new home. All items donated are brand new. Many items donated come from young couples who received duplicates of gifts or items that were not their taste.
In collecting for our most recent couple, we discovered the bundle of donated items increasing amazingly. Just before Purim we had a successful sale in Efrat of new hats, make-up and Mishloach Manos. Now we are actively working on a new plan - our thrift store.
In the image above you can see sets of brand new dishes that are starting our crockery section of our thrift Store
Here we have a few more dishes adorned by attractive Mishloach Manos. We are always happy to make up a special gift for someone special.
As you see above, our toiletry section is now more than just a few bottles of shampoo, some cakes of soap etc. We have some boxes of toiletries donated, and of course our all natural make-up donated by Lori of FaceFacts.
In the front you can see a gift we put together for our recent couple with toiletries and a few boxes of Bedikah cloths for her new Mitzvah. We also obtained a white sheet that accompanied her gift basket.
This image is an exciting development - our Judaica section that includes a beautiful Kiddush cup, an ART candle stick set, Challah boards, Challah covers, Neigel vasser, Birkat HaBayit and an assortment of stunning platters for the Shabbos table.
So if you find yourself on a tight budget or wanting to give a gift for any occasion, or you are a Kallah needing to start your own new home, please come and purchase your household and personal items from our thrift store. All items are brand new, selling at amazingly low prices and proceeds goes to assist needy orphan Chatanim and Kallot.
for an appointment to purchase items from our thrift store.
By purchasing from us, you save on items needed for your home or gifts while enabling us to raise funds needed for those bigger items such as new hats for the Chatan, a new suit, Seforim, bookcase and other necessities. The needs of each couple varies so stay tuned for updates on the next couple we assist through Chessed Ve'Emet
If you were blessed with many gifts and lack the space or find that some do not suite your taste and needs, contact us for that too and assist in helping our thrift store to thrive, develop, evolve and assist many more to have the basic necessities that EVERY Chatan and Kallah is deserving of.